After only a small skirmish the outpost belonged to the Kentuckians and food and warmth followed.
On January 18th, 650 Kentucky militia under command of Lt. Colonel William Wells and Lt. Colonel John Allen occupied the small outpost. On January 20 reinforcements of 250 Kentucky regulars under the command of Colonel Sam Wells met up with the Kentucky militia at Frenchtown. Due to the overcrowding many men were forced to camp outside of Frenchtown in a clearing a short distance away.
British General Henry Proctor sent out spies to gain information on the whereabouts of the enemy. After getting reports back, General Proctor made a decision to attack the next morning. He also knew that General Harrison's troops were approaching and would be there soon.
General Proctor assembled his 1200 to 1400 British soldiers and Indian warriors to make ready the attack. General Proctor knew the Kentuckians in the clearing would be doomed from the start. At dawn the British attacked with an artillery barrage catching Col. Wells and the Kentuckians by surprise. The Kentuckians were taking a beating. Lt. Colonels Lewis and Allen led their Kentucky volunteers out to confront the British and Indians. They too were coming under heavy fire. The Indians and British began to come from every where. The Kentuckians were forced to run into the woods where they were hunted down. Only a few survived and only a handful would escape. General Winchester escaped up river but was captured by Indians.
Major George Madison was left in command. After regrouping what Kentuckians he had left, they hunkered down in the little town along the River Raisin and began to fight back. Madison and the Kentuckians held off three attempts to overrun their position. Even under heavy artillery fire they did not give up.
Major Madison and his troops held out until early afternoon when water, ammunition and other supplies ran out. When they had nothing left to fight with - they surrendered.
The captured Kentuckians that could walk were marched north. The wounded were left in Frenchtown. There were about 80 wounded Kentuckians left by General Procter. When night fell the Indians started burning the buildings along the River Raisin and murdering, scalping and mutilating the helpless wounded. Over 60 of the 80 were killed. Those that were not killed outright were thrown into the burning buildings to die.
From that time on when Kentuckians went into battle in the War of 1812 their rallying cry was ``Remember The Raisin."